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January 26, 2015

Can Bioethicists (in Good Conscience) Watch the NFL?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Every year the National Football League (NFL) makes between an estimated $7 billion- $9 billion making it the most profitable American professional sports league.…

December 29, 2014

A Monkey’s Uncle: A Nonhuman Person in an Argentinean Zoo

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A court in Argentina has ruled that Sandra, an orangutan is a nonhuman person who is deserving of some rights.…

May 7, 2014

Philosopher Calls for End to Animal Experimentation (and more): Is there a “reasonable” conception of animal rights?

by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby, MA, PhD

According to Christine Korsgaard, one of the leading moral philosophers in the Western world and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, the answer is yes.…

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March 23, 2015 7:40 pm

Worldwide Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock Is Fueling Risk Of Drug-Resistant Super Bugs Reuters Posted: 23/03/2015 05:31 IST Updated: 5 hours ago LIVESTOCK Share 19 Tweet 33 Comment 2 By Chris Arsenault ROME, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at such a startling rate that they are dramatically increasing the risk of creating drug-resistant "super bugs," scientists warned on Monday. Antibiotic use in animals is expected to surge by two thirds globally between 2010 and 2030, while doubling in emerging giants like China, Brazil, India and Russia, according to a Princeton University study. It warned that the practice is pushing us closer to a time when common infections could become a death sentence because they will no longer respond to drugs. Consumption of meat, milk and eggs is growing fast in many developing and middle-income countries. Urbanization, increased wealth and changing diets mean industrial livestock producers are expanding rapidly. They are relying on antibiotics to keep disease at bay in the short-term, said co-author Tim Robinson, a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). But the systematic use of low doses on livestock is creating "perfect conditions to grow resistant bacteria," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Bacteria like E. coli and salmonella are already becoming resistant to antibiotics, Robinson said, increasing fears that these diseases will endanger humans. Passed from animals to people through food contamination, direct contact or the broader environment, antibiotic resistant bacteria will make it harder for doctors to treat basic infections or other ailments, he said. The study by experts from Princeton, ILRI and the National Institutes of Health is the first to measure global antibiotic consumption by livestock. Asia is the main region of concern as this is where demand for livestock products is growing dramatically while regulations governing antibiotic use in animals are either non-existent or not publicly available, scientists say. China's livestock industry alone could soon be consuming nearly one third of the world's antibiotics. The five countries with the largest projected increases in antibiotics consumption are Myanmar (205 percent), Nigeria (163 percent), Peru (160 percent) and Vietnam (157 percent). Increasing food production for the estimated 805 million people who go to bed hungry every night will require a new approach that is less reliant on intensive, antiobiotic-fueled breeding, Robinson said. "Poor livestock producers aren't responsible for this problem, it's the big firms rushing to meet demand in the growing cities," he added. But the poor will be worst affected if resistant bacteria transfer to humans more often, he said, because they will be the least able to afford the bigger and more frequent doses of drugs required to fight infections. (Reporting By Chris Arsenault, Editing by Emma Batha) Also on HuffPost: Close  Meat-Free Protein 1 of 10   Flickr: little blue hen Lentils Greek Yogurt Beans Tofu Tempeh Spinach Quinoa Peanuts Related Video Next Previous Next More: Reuters Super Bug Antibiotic Resistant Super Bug Antibiotics in Livestock Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture Suggest a correction Around the Web Stop the Spread of Superbugs - NIH News in Health, February 2014 Superbug: An Epidemic Begins - Harvard Magazine Antibiotic resistance - Wikipedia Skyrocketing use of antibiotics in animals fuels 'super bug' fears Chlorine in Water Treatment May Be Breeding Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Antibiotic Resistance In Pets Linked To Superbug Rise, Experts Blame Overuse ...

Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at such a startling rate that they are dramatically increasing the risk of creating drug-resistant “super bugs,” scientists warned on Monday.

March 11, 2015 6:41 pm

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds

Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits.

December 1, 2014 3:26 pm

Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that “cats rule and dogs drool” have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

October 27, 2014 6:31 pm

African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Could Gain Endangered Species Act Protection

The African lion (Panthera leo leo) faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today. The sobering news came as part of the agency’s announcement that it has officially proposed that African lions receive much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.

October 20, 2014 2:09 pm

Scientist catches spider the size of a puppy

Harvard zoologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana when he happened upon a rare Goliath birdeater spider.

September 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

Gibbons – the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia – have become the last of the planet’s apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

July 31, 2014 5:57 pm

See-Through Mice Reveal Details of Inner Anatomy

Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen.

July 24, 2014 1:18 pm

Study: Dogs Experience Jealousy Emotion Too

old adage dogs are a man’s best friend may be truer than once thought, especially from the pooch’s perspective. In the first experimental test s of its kind, it was discovered that dogs experience jealousy just as humans do.

March 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Ocean Conservation Group: 20 Percent of All Captured Fish is Trashed

Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on ocean conservation. Their latest report reveals sobering news about commercial fishing in the United States.

February 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Crazy ants take on fire ants and win

Crazy enough to use their own venom to detoxify that of a fire ant.

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